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Best lineup strategy for Jazz vs. Nuggets NBA Showdown

Guards could be more valuable than bigs in this matchup between the Jazz and Nuggets.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz goes up for a shot against Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 17, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images

The Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets have gone to overtime twice in a row — once in the seeding round and once in Game 1 of their playoff series — and round three is set for Wednesday. DraftKings has Showdown contests centered around the Game 2 of the first-round playoff series, and we’ll go over ideal lineup strategies below. The game gets going at 4 p.m. ET and you can set your DFS lineup here.

Captain’s Picks

Donovan Mitchell ($16,200) will shoot as much as he has in order to keep the Jazz in this game, and he’s taken 33 shots in each his last two matchups with the Nuggets. It appears like he’ll act as Utah’s primary scorer and distributor with Mike Conley out of the bubble, and it’ll be hard to fade him after the 57-point performance he had in Game 1.

Paying up for Nikola Jokic ($17,100) in this game isn’t necessary when there are so many other players with high ceilings. Jamal Murray ($14,400) stands out as a viable substitute for the big man. Murray has torn up Utah’s struggling defensive backcourt two times straight now while coming very close to matching Jokic in DKFP. If you can get the same production for less, you should do it.

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Royce O’Neale ($5,000) busted in his last outing with 13.8 DKFP, but still logged 32 minutes. he was one of the most consistent players in the NBA during seeding games and flirted with 30 DKFP the first time he faced Denver in the bubble. Limited frontcourt depth should earn O’Neale plenty of opportunities. He could be ready to bounce back from a poor outing in a major way.

Another quality role-player worth monitoring is Monte Morris ($5,200). He’s scored at least 14 points six times in nine bubble appearances and logged 29 minutes in Game 1. There’s a good chance he’ll take at least 10 shots in this game, and he’s easily the best passer in the Nuggets’ second unit.